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Sideboard
  • Sideboard
    Smith, John Moyr, born 1839 - died 1912
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Sideboard

  • Place of origin:

    London (probably, made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1872 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Smith, John Moyr, born 1839 - died 1912 (designer)
    Rossiter, Charles, born 1827 (designer)
    Cox and Son (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Carved, turned, joined and ebonised wood decorated with incised, gilt and painted decoration and mirrors; brass handles, locks and hinges

  • Museum number:

    CIRC.64:1-1960

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Sideboard of wood ebonised inside and out, with mirrors, and turned,incised and carved decoration; painted in gilt and colour with brass locks and hinges. The lower section is built up on eight legs (four at the front and four at the back) and is divided horizontally into a tripartite structure of two full-height side cupboards and one wider central cupboard with a shallow drawer set above it; the side cupboard doors decorated with - on the left, a gilt and painted depiction of 'Punch' or a fool, and on the right door a poet, both figures are in medieval costume; the sides of the lower section are decorated with a gilt-work grid (3 across, 5 down) with each compartment containing a different stencilled floral or animal motif; on top of the lower section of the sideboard and set at the back of it, is a four-tiered unit of shelves with the same horizontal tripartite structure of the lower section; the bottom range comprises two drawers either side of a central open compartment; above this, in the middle range a large central mirror is framed on either side by two shelves supported at the front by turned columns, the back boards of the shelves are decorated with incised and painted floral and bird motifs; the top range comprises two further shelves (same width as those below but not as tall), one either side of a central two-door cupboard, the back boards of the shelves are coved and each decorated with two foliate roundels depicting the North, South , East and West winds; the central cupboard doors are decorated with, on the left - 'Night' in the shape of an owl upon an oak branch with crescent moon, and 'Morning' in the shape of a lark rising from a harvest field with full sun; this top stage is surmounted at the front and sides by a balustrade with turned balusters and rail with a gilt moulding and at the back by a continuous rail with mouldings on the top and at each back corner a square finial with bands of gilding.

Place of Origin

London (probably, made)

Date

ca. 1872 (made)

Artist/maker

Smith, John Moyr, born 1839 - died 1912 (designer)
Rossiter, Charles, born 1827 (designer)
Cox and Son (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Carved, turned, joined and ebonised wood decorated with incised, gilt and painted decoration and mirrors; brass handles, locks and hinges

Dimensions

Height: 80.75 in, Length: 84 in, Depth: 20 in

Object history note

This sideboard may have been made by the firm of Cox & Son, originally established as church furnishers in 1837, who expanded their stock to include fashionable art-manufactures in the 1860s and 1870s. John Moyr Smith supplied designs for Cox & Son, including some called The Winds for their range of tiles and the same designs are used for the painted roundels along the top of the sideboard. The two panels on the doors in the centre of the top, depicting Morning and Night, relate to designs by Moyr Smith for tile panels by Minton. The two larger painted panels on the lower doors are attributed to Charles Rossiter, who also supplied figurative designs for Cox & Son.

Cox & Son may have made other examples of the sideboard with the same arrangement of figurative and decorative painted panels. One, with the lower doors painted with a design of a flowering bush in a pot, was illustrated by Elizabeth Aslin, Nineteenth Century English Furniture, 1962, pl. 72. The other sideboard had glazed rather than mirrored lower doors and was illustrated by Annamarie Stapleton, John Moyr Smith 1839-1912 A Victorian Designer, 2002, p. 27, fig. 33.

Descriptive line

Cabinet; ebonised, incised and painted, with brass handles, locks and hinges; the painted panels probably designed by John Moyr Smith and Charles Rossiter and the sideboard probably made by Cox & Son ca.1872

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Annamarie Stapleton, John Moyr Smith 1839-1912 A Victorian Designer, (Shepton Beauchamp) 2002

Materials

Wood; Paint; Mirror

Techniques

Carving; Turning; Incising; Painting; Ebonising

Subjects depicted

Birds; Poetry; Owl; Wind; Mouse; Flowers; Morning; Butterfly; Animal; Night

Categories

Furniture; Scotland

Collection

Furniture and Woodwork Collection

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